Volkswagen Pune Plant follows the ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ initiative to achieve environment-friendly manufacturing. Through this initiative, Volkswagen aims at reducing the impact of its manufacturing process on the environment by 25% per car globally through its participating facilities. While the programme was adopted by Volkswagen globally in 2011, Volkswagen Pune Plant has been working towards the goals since 2012. The impact on environment through manufacturing processes is measured across five key areas of ‘Energy Consumption’, ‘CO2 Emissions’, ‘Water Consumption’, ‘Waste Generation’ and ‘VOC Emissions’.
Starting from 2012, Volkswagen Pune Plant has undertaken a number of projects in the direction of environment-friendly manufacturing and successfully implemented them to record good results. Three years into the programme, the plant has already surpassed the set target in the area of ‘Waste Generation’ and is close to achieving its targets in the areas of ‘CO2 Emissions’ and ‘Energy Consumption’. Rounding off the fruitful results of Volkswagen India was the consistent progress shown in the area of ‘Water Consumption’.
Expressing his views about the Pune plant, Andreas Lauenroth, Executive Director – Technical, Volkswagen India Private Limited, and Head of Volkswagen Plant in Chakan said, “At Volkswagen Pune Plant, ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ has become a part of our lifestyle. Within three years of adopting the programme, we have achieved a 17.3% reduction per car in the impact of manufacturing processes on the environment. We are well on track to accomplish our set target by 2018 to lower the environmental impact of our production processes.”
He further added, “At Volkswagen, we have a commitment towards environment just like we have towards engineering, innovation, quality and safety. We will continue striving hard towards this and not only reach our goals but will go on to surpass them.”